Imagine if you never brushed your teeth or had them cleaned. Pretty scary, right? As you can guess, things would eventually start to go very, very bad inside your mouth: teeth would decay, gums would become inflamed and infected. Bacteria from those rotting teeth would eventually travel into your bloodstream and could cause other serious … Read moreBrush Up On Your Pet’s Dental Health!
One of the great things about being a family of hospitals with locations in Phoenix, Mesa and Chandler, is that we can offer more services at multiple convenient locations. We’ll be happy to welcome you and your pet at any location that’s most convenient to you at the moment. For instance, if you’re a Family VetCare … Read moreOur Family Is Here to Care for Your Family!
How to help your pet adjust to back-to-school schedules Wait! Didn’t summer just start? Back-to-school time is already here, and with so much preparation for the upcoming school year, it’s easy to forget giving your pets the extra care they need. Keep in mind that pets get used to the extra attention they receive in … Read moreHow to Get Good Grades in Pet Care
With Easter right around the corner, it’s time to get ready for fresh flowers and pastel-colored everything! It’s also time remember the potential risks that Easter brings to our pets every year. As you’re making your home festive for the holiday, make sure you keep these Easter-related treats and decorations away from your pets. Lilies. Lilies … Read moreEaster Safety Tips
April is Heartworm Awareness Month, and it’s time to highlight the importance of preventing this deadly disease! Heartworms are spread through the bites of infected mosquitos, which leave larvae (baby worms) inside your pet. In less than 6 months’ time, the larvae can migrate to your pet’s heart and become foot-long adult worms! This is … Read moreIt’s Heartworm Awareness Month
If you’ve noticed your dog scratching or biting at their skin or fur, they may have atopic dermatitis, which is an itchy inflammation of the skin caused by allergies. Atopic dermatitis affects almost 10 percent of dogs worldwide and many more in Arizona, and like human allergies, it can be triggered by pollens and molds … Read moreWhat’s CYTOPOINT?
Bear, an adorable 5-year-old Shih Tzu, was presented to Family VetCare for unexplained weight loss. After an oral examination, Dr. Wodiske identified some interesting–and likely painful–findings. Bear had significant tartar (mineralized bacteria) and gum loss affecting multiple teeth in his mouth. While under anesthesia, we performed a thorough oral and dental exam where we were able to … Read moreDental Case Study: Meet “Bear”.
Heartworm disease is very serious for pets, as it can result in heart failure, lung disease and even death. Heartworms are spread through mosquito bites, which results in worms producing offspring inside your pet. These worms live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of an infected animal. Heartworm in Dogs When an infected mosquito … Read moreLet’s Leave Heartworm Behind!
Dental care is as important for pets as it is for humans! Without proper dental hygiene routines, pets develop periodontal disease, which is the most common disorder affecting our pets nationwide. By age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. At advanced stages, dental disease can … Read morePets Need Dental Care, Too!
If your pet has been looking a little too happily fed lately, a good New Year’s resolution might be to help them get in better shape! Overweight pets have a higher risk of developing diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain forms of cancer, and helping them slim down is easier than you … Read moreFitter, Happier Pets!